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Lost Cause

The ‘Lost Cause’ Is Fake History

The treasured myth of the “Lost Cause” of freedom-loving patriots fighting bravely for self-determination and “states’ rights” can’t survive even a cursory reading of secessionist documents.

August 23, 2017
Michigan recount irregularities

Michigan Recount Exposes Modern-Day Electoral Jim Crow

“Hand-counting the ballots has revealed many irregularities and red flags about the quality and maintenance of voting technology, the handling of ballots, and other aspects of election administration in communities of color,” Stein argued.

December 7, 2016
Trump voters

As Trump Reminds Us, We’ve Had WMSVD Disease For Ages

This White Male Supremacy Violence Disease (WMSVD) insinuated itself deeply into the brains of successive generations of white humans in religious, government, educational, economic, media, and military institutions.

November 28, 2016
The North Carolina State Capitol, home to the General Assembly from 1840–1963

New Religious Freedom Bills Legitimize Discrimination

The practice of using the Bible as a prop for prejudice has a long and ignominious tradition, spanning centuries and continents.

April 9, 2016
Rev. Jesse Jackson joins demonstrators during a protest intending to disrupt Black Friday shopping in reaction to the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in Chicago

Can The Donald Lose a Little?

Donald Trump is a hero — at least in his own mind — in search of something heroic to do. Building hyuge, vulgar buildings and slapping one’s own name on it lacks a certain heroic dimension.

March 9, 2016

Beyond Trump: The Politics Of Courage

America’s bully billionaire, so rich he doesn’t have to heed the niceties of political correctness, is channeling old-time American racism, as mean and ugly and self-righteous as it’s ever been. Jim Crow is still with us. “The only good Indian is a dead Indian” is still with us.

December 13, 2015

The Troubling Legacy Of Atticus Finch

Harper Lee’s newly released novel presents us with a stunningly bigoted Atticus Finch. What are we to make of the character now?

July 18, 2015

Americana, Spelling, And Race: Doing The Right Thing

A spelling bee story that traveled like lightning as a parable of American democracy. “It demonstrated again that in our schools, every boy and every girl has a fair and even chance.”

July 3, 2015

The Hurting City: A House Divided

Unrest on the streets of Baltimore is a tale told over again in American history. The Civil War’s first blood was spilled there in a scene that foreshadowed the racial reckoning the nation witnessed this week.

May 1, 2015